NBC news correspondent Shaquille Brewster has spoken out following the ‘scary’ moment he was accosted live on air while reporting on Hurricane Ida.
The MSNBC reporter was broadcasting live from a beach in Gulfport, Mississippi on Monday when a man pulled up in a white pickup truck and began to verbally berate him.
As the visibly upset stranger began to shout at him, Brewster said: ‘I think we even have a random person going around.’
Brewster and his cameraman pivoted away and attempted to continue the report as the reporter joked: ‘We deal with some people every once in a while.’
However, the situation quickly escalated when the man charged at Brewster, getting in his face as he shouted: ‘Cover this accurately!’
The live segment was then cut abruptly as the reporter shielded himself from the man with his arm.
Anchor Craig Melvin then gave viewers an update from the studio afterward to confirm the reporter and his team were safe.
Taking to social media hours later, Brewster wrote: ‘Overwhelmed by the love and support today after what was definitely the wildest moment I’ve had on air.
‘Our team joked about it afterwards, but it was without a doubt as scary for us as it was for you all watching. While that one report was interrupted, we were right back up in the next hour and will continue reporting as we are here to do.’
Among those sharing support in the comments section was ABC News correspondent Kenneth Moton, who wrote: ‘Class act my friend. Thank you for your professionalism. Can’t say I would have done the same.’